The State of the Reader: 1/29/20

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A biweekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Purchased


Books Finished: 1

Title: Mirrorstrike
Series Title: Her Pitiless Command
Author: Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Date Added: December 5, 2019
Date Started: December 27, 2019
Date Finished: January 16, 2020

Mirrorstrike by Benjanun SriduangkaewMedia: eBook/Kindle

This is one of the best series I’ve ever read, and it absolutely captures Faulkner’s quote about the human heart in conflict with itself.  While I’m completely satisfied with the ending, I heard from the author herself that she’s working on a third, which I most certainly will read.


Books DNF: 1

Title: Faust
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: September 1, 2019

Faust by GoetheMedia: eBook/Kindle

The more I read the more I realized this wasn’t going to be one of the research references for my planned essays, or at least I don’t think it will be.  I looked up the synopsis, and I think I’m okay putting this to the side.  I just wasn’t engaged.  I might come back to it at some point.


Currently Reading

Title: Metzengerstein
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Date Added: April 27, 2019
Date Started: January 26, 2020

Cover of Mezengerstein by Edgar Allan PoeMedia: eBook/Kindle

I literally just started reading this, so I only know what the blurb tells me.  It’s about rival families trying to screw each other over, but it’s Poe, so I’m sure they’ll be some kind of macabre twist.

Title: The First Girl Child
Author: Amy Harmon
Date Added: September 17, 2019
Date Started: January 17, 2020

Cover of The First Girl Child by Amy HarmonMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 34%

This is one of those books I hate putting down.  I usually read it on my lunch break, and since I called out sick today (Friday) and slept until around 2:00 I haven’t read any of it today.  I might remedy that.  Anyway, I can’t say I disagree with what one of the characters in the prologue did.  If you mistreat members of your society, you don’t deserve to have them, and I’m honestly hoping another character burns everything to the ground and then burns the ashes.

Title: Archangel’s Kiss
Series Title: Guild Hunter
Author: Nalini Singh
Date Added: December 27, 2018
Date Started: January 15, 2020

Cover of Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #2)Media: Physical
Progress: 11%

I’m back on my bullshit with this book omg.  I was “supposed” to read GRRM’s Fevre Dream next since it’s one of the oldest books on my list, but I’m trying to break out of the mold/rules I set for myself and just read what I want.  It can be difficult because I’m just so geared towards having a system, but I’ve been wanting to continue this series, plus reading it makes me want to work on editing The Broken Rose because of dangerous, protective angel boyfriends and what have you.

Title: Man and His Symbols
Author: C. G. Jung et al
Date Added: August 4, 2017
Date Started: January 7, 2020

Man and His Symbols coverMedia: Paperback
Progress: 10%

“It explains why people who have unrealistic ideas or too high an opinion of themselves, or who make grandiose plans out of proportion to their real capacities, have dreams of flying or falling. Their dream compensates for the deficiencies of their personalities, and at the same time it warns them of the dangers of their present course.”  Well…that’s upsetting and disheartening, because I have falling dreams a LOT. Or I’ll have ones where I’m up really high and I’m terrified to fall.

Leave it to Jung to cause tons of self-reflection.  He’s more of the dream master than Freud imo.


I’m posting this on Friday as of Wednesday because technology allows it.  I’m burnt out as well as sick and took off work today.  Did not help I had a bout of insomnia from 4-6:30 last night so bad I just got up and watched YouTube for an hour until I feel back to sleep.  I saw the latest FFVII Remake trailer, and I know I should feel some excitement, but I just…can’t.  My heart wants to be in it and it’s like intellectually I know it’s awesome, but I feel like a car with a drained battery struggling to start.  Going through the motions feels like something I should be doing even though I don’t feel much.  It’s weird though, because I still want to engage (and preorder this $70 Sephiroth plushie/doll I saw.  Update: I just did) even though I don’t feel anything.  Not only does it seem like the thing I should do, but it’s like I still want to be part of it even if I don’t get the same joy out of it.  I want to try.  

What series are you planning to continue this year?  I definitely need to read more of The Expanse by James S. A. Corey.


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